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What is the Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund?

A new $40 million lottery fund has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in the wake of COVID-19.  

Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund provides one-off grants for community or social initiatives that increase the strength and resilience of communities that are responding to the impacts of COVID-19.

This Fund supports hapū, iwi and community organisations that have lost funding or have an increased demand on their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and community or social initiatives that strengthen community resilience and respond to the impacts of COVID-19.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

The Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund will give priority to supporting:

  • hapū, iwi and community organisations that are delivering community and social initiatives that have been impacted by COVID-19 – either through the loss of funding sources or through extra or changed demand on their services;
  • innovative and transformative community or social initiatives that respond to the impact of COVID-19; and
  • collaborative community or social initiatives that strengthen and increase resilience in communities.

Deadline for Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund applications

The Department of Internal Affairs in partnership with the Lottery National Community Committee that oversees the Fund, has decided to temporarily suspend receiving new applications to ensure these requests for funding are given the appropriate level of consideration.

The Fund has temporarily suspended receiving new applications and making Funding decisions until after January 2021.

For more information on this, see the information we sent to Fund applicants on 21 December 2020:

Since opening on 28 October, the Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund has received an unprecedented number of funding requests. It has been fantastic to see the level of uptake by marae, hapū, iwi and community groups in the first five weeks the Fund has been open with nearly 800 funding requests having been received. Over $7 million of the total $40 million allocation has been distributed to support increased need, or to fund new and exciting initiatives to help communities respond to COVID-19.

It remains the main priority of the Fund to continue to support communities affected by COVID-19. Temporarily suspending new applications will enable the Department to consider how best to support marae, hapū, iwi and community groups that have been impacted by COVID-19.

A decision will also be made in January about when the Fund will open for new applications and all updated information will be available here.

Please email any questions to COVID-19funding@dia.govt.nz.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

The Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund will provide one-off grants to support the following:

  • on-going operational costs for organisations that can show that they are impacted by COVID-19 and have had to expand their services and activities
  • projects beyond the day-to-day operations that show innovation or collaboration in relation to COVID-19 recovery
  • social enterprise initiatives that increase community wellbeing where communities are experiencing on-going impacts from COVID-19
  • capital items and works purchases that assist in service delivery or a community initiative up to $30,000.

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund

The Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund will not fund:

  • individuals
  • research, including: large scale research plans, feasibility studies for capital projects and health research
  • major capital works over $30,000, including project management fees
  • food for food banks
  • alcohol and similar substances, for example kava
  • medical expenses, operations, treatments or the purchase of major items of health equipment
  • organisations that do not meet the Fund's priorities
  • organisations that have been fully funded through additional funding sources for the Fund's priorities
  • projects or activities completed (retrospective funding) or items bought before the request
  • requests that fit the priorities for the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

Which Committee / Decision Maker structure should I apply to?

Grants are distributed through a national and regional decision-making approach.

 Applicants need to apply to the national Decision Makers if:  

  • they are a national organisation;
  • the grant funding request is for an initiative or service with a nationwide benefit; or
  • the grant funding request benefits two or more Lottery Community regions.

Applicants need to apply to the regional Decision Makers if:  

  • they are delivering an initiative or service which will be carried out in one of the Lottery Community regions, or a majority of the benefit will occur there; or
  • they are independent branches of national organisations (i.e. each branch is a separate legal entity), and are making a funding request for a project or service which will benefit the region in which the funding request is made.

Required supporting documentation

 Regional Funding requests

Total amount requested is less than or equal to $50,000

Documentation required for your organisation profile within our funding system.
No request documentation required.

 

Total amount requested is greater than $50,000

 

Financial records for the last 12 months required. For example a profit and loss printout.
Proof of increased demand compared to last year required (if applying on the basis of increased demand on services).

National Funding requests

Total amount requested is less than or equal to $100,000

Documentation required for your organisation profile within our funding system.
No request documentation required.

 

Total amount requested is greater than $100,000

 

Financial records for the last 12 months required. For example a profit and loss printout.
Proof of increased demand compared to last year required (if applying on the basis of increased demand on services).

Eligibility check

Getting started

To be ready to make a request you can find out more about what you will need at the links below:

If you would like more information about this Fund, please email an advisor at: COVID-19funding@dia.govt.nz.